First Trimester

Hey Friends! I hope you’re week is above par. I thought that I would share a little bit of insight into my first trimester!

I want to start by saying that this pregnancy was undoubtedly perfectly timed. A week before moving to Florida I received the positive test. The Lord knew what he was doing, and comforted me through my fear that something was wrong, as we were “trying” to get pregnant for some time. If we had gotten pregnant any sooner, we would not be in Florida with the Armstrong family planting a church. I know, wild.

Pregnancy thus far has been, well, really hard. I am sick all the time and it progressively gets worse at night which has caused major sleep deprivation. Along with the sickness-caused sleep issues, I’ve had some strange and scary dreams. Most nights I wake up drenched in sweat. One dream: I was pregnant, and at the beginning of the pregnancy, for whatever reason, your fetus leaves the womb for a couple of months as a turtle. You’re supposed to lock it up, which I didn’t know, so it ran away… what? Okay, moving on.

I have been greatly blessed to be home during the week while Nicklaus works full-time. I honestly couldn’t imagine having to work feeling this way. Seriously, shout out to all of you working pregnant moms (and just moms) who continued to work despite being severely sick. I wish I could say that I get a lot done, but most days I’m too tired, and two o’ clock feels like bed time.

My mother and mother-in-law keep giving me: “You won’t remember any of this!” Thanks, mom. I feel much better…

I have had weird food aversions. For almost a month straight I didn’t touch coffee (gasp)! Most days it’s easier to eat the same thing. I eat bread at almost every meal and what’s weirder is that I really enjoy eggs and anything salty – cottage cheese is my favorite. What’s even stranger is that sweets (chocolate, pancakes, yogurt, cake, etc.) really turns me off right now. My bed time snack usually involves cheese. On the other hand, Nick has acquired a sweet tooth. Father’s have pregnancy symptoms too!

The first trimester has brought some loneliness. I have been really missing my family in West Virginia. There is something about a baby coming that makes me miss home even more. My poor grandpa says I stole their first great grandchild and moved away (sorry paps). Yet, we are building a family here, and although life is really strange right now, we have everything we need. The Lord has been faithful to us.

Lastly, I want to say that every experience is so different and beautiful. I may not be enjoying much of anything right now, but I have an immense amount of gratitude and joy knowing that there is a growing and living human being inside of me. I know that God has given us a rare and mysterious gift that is immeasurably greater than all of my symptoms.

“Children are a blessing and a gift from the Lord.”

Psalm 127:3

P.S. I can drink coffee again! Praise!

P.P.S. Shoutout to all the husbands out there who try their darnedest to empathize and understand. You’re doing great!

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